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Jim Skipper
Running Backs
College:
Whittier College
Experience:
28

Bio

COACHING
Jim Skipper returned to Carolina in 2013 after working as the running backs coach for the Tennessee Titans from 2011-12.

In each of Skipper's two years with the Titans, running back Chris Johnson surpassed 1,000 yards on the ground, giving Skipper eight different 1,000-yard rushers in his 27 seasons as an NFL coach.

Skipper previously served as the Panthers' running backs coach from 2002-10 in addition to being assistant head coach for the final five years. During Skipper's tenure, Carolina's running game thrived despite using 10 different starting halfbacks as he consistently coaxed the best out of his runners. Three players (Stephen Davis, Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams) reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark, and eight (Dee Brown, Davis, DeShaun Foster, Nick Goings, Mike Goodson, Lamar Smith, Stewart and Williams) produced at least one 100-yard rushing game.

In 2009, Stewart and Williams became the first set of teammates in NFL history to each rush for more than 1,100 yards in the same season as the Panthers set a franchise record and finished third in the NFL with 2,498 yards. Stewart led the way with 1,133 yards, the third-highest total in team history, while Williams became the first player in team history to record consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and earned his first Pro Bowl selection after compiling 1,117 yards.

A year earlier, Williams set team records with 1,515 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns, and Stewart established team rookie marks with 836 yards and 10 touchdowns (since broken) to propel Carolina to a ranking of third in the NFL with 2,437 rushing yards. Along the way, they became the first Panthers to both gain 100 yards in the same game, accomplishing the feat versus Detroit and versus Tampa Bay en route to a team single-game record 299-yard performance.

However, Skipper's best effort may have come in 2004 when Carolina started four different halfbacks because of injuries. Over the last eight games, Goings, a former undrafted free agent, recorded five 100-yard outings. That came after a 2003 season in which Skipper helped the Panthers to 2,091 rushing yards and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVIII, while Davis earned Pro Bowl honors with 1,444 yards, the second most in team history.

Skipper originally came to Carolina after spending four years with the New York Giants from 1997-2000 and 2001 as head coach of the XFL's San Francisco Demons. In his first season with New York, the Giants finished seventh in the NFL in rushing with an average of 124.3 yards per game. The next year, Gary Brown ground out 1,063 yards, and Tiki Barber followed with 1,006 yards in 2000.

He began his NFL coaching career as running backs coach with the New Orleans Saints in 1986 and served in that capacity through 1995. During his 10 years with New Orleans, Skipper coached two Pro Bowlers, Rueben Mayes and Dalton Hilliard. Mayes' 1,353 yards in 1986 and Hilliard's 1,262 in 1989 still stand among the top five totals in Saints history.

In 1996, Skipper moved to Arizona and coached one season with the Cardinals. Under his direction, fullback Larry Centers rushed for 425 yards and led all NFL running backs with 99 receptions for 766 yards to earn Pro Bowl honors.

Skipper entered coaching as the defensive backs coach at Cal Poly-Pomona in 1974 before joining San Jose State in 1977. He switched to offense as running backs coach at Pacific in 1979 and then coached at Oregon from 1980-82. Skipper made his foray into the professional coaching ranks with the USFL's Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars from 1983-85.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
A graduate of Whittier College, Skipper played defensive back and also served as a kick and punt returner for the Poets. Born in Breaux Bridge, La., he grew up in Brawley, Calif.

HISTORY
Defensive back Whittier College 1971-72. College coach: Cal Poly-Pomona 1974-76, San Jose State 1977-78, Pacific 1979, Oregon 1980-82. Pro coach: Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars (USFL) 1983-85, New Orleans Saints 1986-95, Arizona Cardinals 1996, New York Giants 1997-2000, San Francisco Demons (XFL) 2001 (head coach), Carolina Panthers 2002-10, Tennessee Titans 2011-12, rejoined Panthers in 2013.

COACHING
Jim Skipper returned to Carolina in 2013 after working as the running backs coach for the Tennessee Titans from 2011-12.

In each of Skipper's two years with the Titans, running back Chris Johnson surpassed 1,000 yards on the ground, giving Skipper eight different 1,000-yard rushers in his 27 seasons as an NFL coach.

Skipper previously served as the Panthers' running backs coach from 2002-10 in addition to being assistant head coach for the final five years. During Skipper's tenure, Carolina's running game thrived despite using 10 different starting halfbacks as he consistently coaxed the best out of his runners. Three players (Stephen Davis, Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams) reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark, and eight (Dee Brown, Davis, DeShaun Foster, Nick Goings, Mike Goodson, Lamar Smith, Stewart and Williams) produced at least one 100-yard rushing game.

In 2009, Stewart and Williams became the first set of teammates in NFL history to each rush for more than 1,100 yards in the same season as the Panthers set a franchise record and finished third in the NFL with 2,498 yards. Stewart led the way with 1,133 yards, the third-highest total in team history, while Williams became the first player in team history to record consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and earned his first Pro Bowl selection after compiling 1,117 yards.

A year earlier, Williams set team records with 1,515 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns, and Stewart established team rookie marks with 836 yards and 10 touchdowns (since broken) to propel Carolina to a ranking of third in the NFL with 2,437 rushing yards. Along the way, they became the first Panthers to both gain 100 yards in the same game, accomplishing the feat versus Detroit and versus Tampa Bay en route to a team single-game record 299-yard performance.

However, Skipper's best effort may have come in 2004 when Carolina started four different halfbacks because of injuries. Over the last eight games, Goings, a former undrafted free agent, recorded five 100-yard outings. That came after a 2003 season in which Skipper helped the Panthers to 2,091 rushing yards and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVIII, while Davis earned Pro Bowl honors with 1,444 yards, the second most in team history.

Skipper originally came to Carolina after spending four years with the New York Giants from 1997-2000 and 2001 as head coach of the XFL's San Francisco Demons. In his first season with New York, the Giants finished seventh in the NFL in rushing with an average of 124.3 yards per game. The next year, Gary Brown ground out 1,063 yards, and Tiki Barber followed with 1,006 yards in 2000.

He began his NFL coaching career as running backs coach with the New Orleans Saints in 1986 and served in that capacity through 1995. During his 10 years with New Orleans, Skipper coached two Pro Bowlers, Rueben Mayes and Dalton Hilliard. Mayes' 1,353 yards in 1986 and Hilliard's 1,262 in 1989 still stand among the top five totals in Saints history.

In 1996, Skipper moved to Arizona and coached one season with the Cardinals. Under his direction, fullback Larry Centers rushed for 425 yards and led all NFL running backs with 99 receptions for 766 yards to earn Pro Bowl honors.

Skipper entered coaching as the defensive backs coach at Cal Poly-Pomona in 1974 before joining San Jose State in 1977. He switched to offense as running backs coach at Pacific in 1979 and then coached at Oregon from 1980-82. Skipper made his foray into the professional coaching ranks with the USFL's Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars from 1983-85.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
A graduate of Whittier College, Skipper played defensive back and also served as a kick and punt returner for the Poets. Born in Breaux Bridge, La., he grew up in Brawley, Calif.

HISTORY
Defensive back Whittier College 1971-72. College coach: Cal Poly-Pomona 1974-76, San Jose State 1977-78, Pacific 1979, Oregon 1980-82. Pro coach: Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars (USFL) 1983-85, New Orleans Saints 1986-95, Arizona Cardinals 1996, New York Giants 1997-2000, San Francisco Demons (XFL) 2001 (head coach), Carolina Panthers 2002-10, Tennessee Titans 2011-12, rejoined Panthers in 2013.

 

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